The touted next generation of Grand Slam contenders all have advanced to the semifinals at the Brisbane International, where 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is expected to complete the final four.
Caroline Garcia of France defeated Venus Williams in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday while wild card Victoria Azarenka withdrew with an injured right foot and will miss the rest of the season.
Second-seeded Simona Halep needed three sets to win her first-round match at the US Open. Ditto for Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams and Andrea Petkovic. Sometimes the early pressure is the most intense pressure.